Definitions for unilaterally

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•ni•lat•er•alˌyu nəˈlæt ər əl(adj.)

  1. relating to, occurring on, or involving one side only.

  2. undertaken or done by or on behalf of one side, party, or faction only; not mutual:

    unilateral disarmament.

  3. having only one side or surface; without a reverse side or inside, as a Möbius strip.

    Category: Math

  4. Law. pertaining to a contract in which obligation rests on one party only.

    Category: Law

  5. Bot. having all the parts disposed on one side of an axis, as an inflorescence.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. through forebears of one sex only, as through either the mother's or father's line.

    Category: Anthropology

    Ref: Compare bilateral (def. 5). 5

Origin of unilateral:

1795–1805; < NL ūnilaterālis. See uni -, lateral


Princeton's WordNet

  1. unilaterally, one-sidedly(adverb)

    in a unilateral manner; by means of one part or party

    "they worked out an agreement unilaterally"


  1. unilaterally(Adverb)

    In a unilateral way.


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